Hi friends! I can hardly believe that I am writing these words today- it feels like such a surreal moment to share the news: We. Are. Pregnant! I have dreamed my whole life of falling in love, getting married and becoming a mom, and the fact that the time is here feels like the most pinch-me-moment ever! Rob and I couldn’t be more excited about this sweet little one and getting to share the news with y’all makes it all the sweeter. I’ve gotten lots of questions about pregnancy, our journey to parenthood, my first trimester and more, so now that the secret is out I’m sharing everything with y’all today!
Before we dive into the post, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that some of you may be in the midst of trying to start or grow your families, and it is not lost on me that our joy can be difficult for others. Please know if this is you, that I am praying for you and for God’s special plan for your family. I know that doesn’t make the waiting or journey easier, but I do know that God is so good and he makes beautiful things out of some of the hardest times and He does have a special story he is writing just for you!
Photos by the incredibly talented Katie Hauburger Photography.
Were you trying? Was it your plan to have a baby so quickly into marriage?
I think this is the most popular question that we have been asked! If you’re new around here, Rob and I got married on May 30th, 2020 and found out we were expecting July 6th- so things moved pretty quickly! When we got married we decided that we just wanted to enjoy being newlyweds, and if that led to a baby quickly we were OK with that- but if not, around November we would start to track my fertility/take supplements and overall put more of a focus on it than we planned to do in the beginning. Obviously the Lord’s plan for our family was so much better than any timeline we could have planned and we are so so thankful that this darling little one is already such an important part of our family!
How far along are you?
As of today I am 13 weeks and 2 days! (or a little over 3 months pregnant) 🙂 I just had my second appointment with my doctor last week and we were able to see the baby (He or She has already grown so much!) and confirm that so far everything is healthy and measuring right on track. We are so thankful!
How did you find out/know you were pregnant?
If you follow me on IG you might remember that earlier this summer I shared a (what I thought) bout of food poising as well as a few days where I was so tired I literally crashed on the couch and could not be moved. When my girlfriends heard this every single one said “take a pregnancy test” and I laughed it off thinking there was NO way that would be what was causing it. I finally caved and took a test and it was negative. Afterwards I read the directions (guess I did that backwards??) and realized that I took it too early in my cycle. So I waited, battled some mild nausea, and then 7 days before my period (which is normally like clockwork) I took another test. I thought there was no way I would see that pink line and almost missed the faint second one… I about fainted when I saw it an ran outside to make sure I was seeing things right! But it was definitely there!
How did you tell Rob the news?
I took my first positive test on July 6th. Immediately after I hopped on Etsy and ordered the onesie from our photos that said “I watch Florida with my Daddy.” I knew I would only get to tell Rob one time that he was going to be a dad and I wanted to make it special! In the meantime, I took daily pregnancy tests because I still couldn’t believe that they were all coming up positive! After a week the onsie STILL hadn’t shipped and I was starting to get so anxious to tell him!! So that Saturday I ran to Target and picked up this cute Elmo stroller toy (Rob loves Elmo- long story!) and wrapped that up along with my 6 positive tests. I brought them home for him and when he unwrapped it he couldn’t believe it!! I think that started the string of “already??” responses we would get from just about everyone! ha.
What was the first trimester like?
I’m not going to lie to y’all- my first trimester was ROUGH! You name a symptom and I had it. My two main symptoms in the beginning were fatigue and hunger- I was ravenous all the time and couldn’t eat enough as well as not being able to stay awake. Power naps became my BFF those first few weeks. And then the nausea hit! I don’t even have words to explain morning sickness- I just had no idea how rough it could be. It got to the point where I couldn’t keep anything I was eating down and I was a day or two away from having to go to the hospital. Luckily my doctor prescribed me a pretty strong prescription and that FINALLY calmed down my nausea to where I could keep food down. While I am still battling some nausea it’s not nearly as bad as it was and we are hoping once I hit week 15 or so that things will fully calm down.
All that being said, these symptoms reminded me daily that my body was doing exactly what it needed to do for Baby B and as hard as many days were I would do it all again for a healthy baby! It’s a small sacrifice for such a sweet gift. As I’ve learned how much are body is undergoing in the first trimester (literally creating life from nothing!!) I am just in awe at what God can do and how he works in our bodies. It’s truly amazing!
Are you going to find out the gender? Gender Reveal?
Yes yes yes!! I’m dying to find out what what Baby B “is!” I can’t wait until the 20 week anatomy scan so we did the blood test on Friday and should have our results within the next 2 weeks! Since we still have a lot of celebrations this fall around our second wedding, we decided to just do a small gender reveal with our immediate family. We can’t wait! Of course we will share once we know 🙂
We actually have a name picked our for both a son and a daughter – and cannot wait to share depending on whether Baby B is a he or she!
Alright friends, I think thats a wrap for today!!! Thank you, thank you for your support and love for sweet Baby B. We are so excited for the journey to parenthood and to share each step of it with you.
Rob & Gentry